As part of my effort to always keep improving and expanding my skill set, I read a lot of books on photography, business, and art and I just finished Michelle Turner's The Wedding Photography Field Guide. Simply put, this is an excellent reference for anyone involved in wedding photography. Michelle's work is beautiful and fun and the book is filled with great examples of it for inspiration. Every page has multiple images that illustrate the points she is making and just looking through the images is worth the low price. The guide starts with the very basics (camera and lens selection) and goes all the way to post-processing techniques and workflow. Seeing how other photographers look at elements of wedding photography is a great way to improve your own skills and Michelle's book has a lot of great tips learned from her successful career. Sections include: Gear, Preparation, The Wedding Day, and Post Production. Each section is broken down into specific chapters like Posing, Reception Details, Cake Cutting, etc. The book really covers almost everything involved in photographing a wedding. I also love that Michelle included 7 "Real Weddings" in which she talks about past clients and their wedding photography. I would definitely recommend The Wedding Photography Field Guide to anyone interested in wedding photography, regardless of skill level. Find the book on Amazon. If you have any great book recommendations, let us know in the comments.
As a creative professional, I find it is essential that I never stop trying to develop and expand my skill set as a photographer and for that is the motivation behind this portrait session. I really wanted to practice some different posing techniques and learn from someone who I deeply respect as an artist. R.J. Kern is a brilliant wedding photographer and great teacher and I got together with him to work on posing the other night. Check out R.J.'s website at http://www.kern-photo.com/. My friend's Liz and Matt tagged along to be the models for the session and it worked out great because they are such a naturally loving couple and it's easy to see it in photographs. We met at the Downtown Denver REI and had a great time playing around with different things in the surrounding area. I treated this like I would an engagement portrait session because it had the same feel to it. R.J. helped me develop the poses and showed me some of the ways he likes to go about setting up his shots. We got some awesome images and I'm excited to share them. :)